Silver Threads

Vermillion Senior
Center News


History of the senior
center written
by Nila Fostvedt

Take me out to the ballgame; Take me out to the Park

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks; I don't care if I ever get back!

You guessed right, it was the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center Sociability Singers.  Shortly after moving to 320 W. Main, singers in the group decided it was time to put their voices together and organize a group for entertainment and enjoyment.  By 1975, nine men and 14 women performed all around the area. They were invited to sing at SE Dakota Nursing Home, Wakonda Heritage Manor, Dalesburg Lutheran Church and other churches, birthday and anniversary parties, W. H. Over Museum, Shrine to Music, dedication of the new Vermillion City Library, summer ice-cream socials, and other celebrations, where ever entertainment was desired. They also were invited to perform at the Mitchell Corn Palace.  

The Senior Center bus was means of transportation.  Anora Anderson was the director.  Altos were Leone Christopherson, Beth Patterson, Florence Kaberle, Lois Erickson, and Julia Vodicka. Sopranos were Wilma Kennedy, Freda Kahler, Emma Johnson, Blanche Christensen, Florence Colewell, Ina Johnson, Jessie Everson, Louise Eklund and Lorraine Erickson. The bass/tenor section included Herb Christopherson, Lowell Bast, Joe Fisher, Jim Prosser, Vern Rudebusch, Duncan McGregar, Aike Holleman, Bernard Perkins, and Lloyd Helseth.

Life isn't a matter of big milestones, but of all the little moments along the way!

A summer time noon picnic at Prentis Park was one of those moments anticipated and enjoyed annually. Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potato salad, baked beans and watermelon, lots of coffee and lemonade, and just maybe, homemade ice cream, compliments from Harvey!

The Vermillion Senior Center would welcome you for activities, games and meals.  You don't even need to drive, just call Vermillion Transit for a ride to and from a destination and head to 320 W. Main.

Go visit a senior today.  There are many lonely ones – one may be your neighbor.  Tell them about the many programs and nutritious meals offered at the Vermillion Senior Center.  Come, you are welcome anytime.

More history from Nila in the next Silver Threads.

Activities & Events
of the center
Thursday, July 29 – Ice Cream Social 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the center.  The members of the center are coming together to enjoy homemade pies, cakes, and other dessert with plenty of ice cream plus save a little room for bbq sandwiches and lots of socializing. The annual ice cream social is open to the public. Tickets for this event are $6 and may be purchased at the door. There is always plenty of food so please support your local senior center.

Sunday, Aug. 8 – Pancake Breakfast at the Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Second Sunday of every month).

Sunday, Aug. 15 – Vermillion Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at the Vermillion Airport 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Served by the Vermillion Lions with all proceeds to benefit the senior center.  Front door parking at the airport terminal.

The silent auction event continues with items added and removed as we get appropriate bids.  The center has also started a gift shop which contains items made or donated by members and friends of the center. We have many wonderful items including afghans, baby quilts, pot holders, gifts, glass dishes and more. If you have items you would like to donate, please call or bring the items to the center.  The auction and center store items are open to the public daily.  

Activities available:

Knit, Stitch & Portable Crafts every Friday at 10 a.m.

Contact the center for a schedule of the other daily activities such as cribbage, pitch, bridge, pinochle, dominoes and scrabble or the one to start a new activity.

Pancake Sunday is always the second Sunday of each month (except in May) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $4 for pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice and is prepared by the senior men and women of the center.  

Visually Impaired meet the sedcond Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the center.  They meet to discuss options for different types of support and equipment for visual impairment.

Foot clinic is held on Tuesdays at the center by Sanford Vermillion Clinic. Call 624-2611 for an appointment.

Vermillion Medical Clinic presents a program on health topics and checks blood pressure – check the center for date.

Hy-Vee pharmacy visits once a month to assist with prescription help and diabetes information.

The Dakota Senior Meals prepares and serves food Monday through Friday in the kitchen and dining area of the center. The nutrition program is a separate program under the direction of ROCS and receive state and federal funds to help pay for a small portion of the meal cost. A donation for your meal helps support the program.

All members of the center receive a monthly newsletter with scheduled events and activities plus a menu from Dakota Senior Meals. Members are encouraged to participate in the daily activities and events, educational and health programs, share in the book and puzzle exchange, participate in fundraisers and other activities or events.  Members need to be only 40 years of age and pay an annual fee of $25 per year or $250 lifetime.

The senior center is a non-profit organization that welcomes volunteers and financial donations.  We sponsor monthly fundraisers and send out requests to businesses and organizations in the community as our means of funding. If you or your group would like to help sponsor a fundraising event, please contact the center at 624-8072.  Be watching for more events and activities in the next "Silver Threads".
Volunteers needed:
• to sort greeting cards, magazines, puzzles, etc.
• line dance or exercise instructor.
• to help with fundraiser dinners serving and clean up.

Donations: Donations or sponsors from businesses or friends of the center are needed monthly to help pay for the food and supplies for each fundraiser. Thank you for any financial support you can provide to the center. All donations and sponsors are recognized in our monthly newsletter. Your support is so appreciated.

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